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Our investment in a ‘world free from gender-based violence’

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence – observed from 25 November to 10 December – is a global initiative that condemns violence against women and girls across the globe, raises awareness, inspires action and fosters a world free from gender-based violence.

This year’s theme, ‘Invest to Prevent Violence against Women & Girls’ underscores our shared responsibility to challenge harmful norms, amplify survivors’ voices and advocate for policy changes to ensure women, in all their diversity, live free of violence and coercion.

The 16 Days of Activism serve as a reminder that our actions today pave the way for a safer and more inclusive tomorrow. But our commitment to support victims of family violence is not limited to these 16 days.

Our family violence programs and initiatives provide advocacy and support year-round, empowering survivors to rebuild their lives with dignity and independence. Our specialised services, like VincentCare’s Marian Community and Olive’s Place, actively make a difference, offering refuge, crisis accommodation and essential information on future housing options. This collective effort is a commitment to a future where violence has no place.

It’s crucial to also acknowledge that the impact of family and domestic violence transcends the confines of private spaces  entering into our workplaces.

As we consider the next 16 days, let us reflect on the impact of our shared commitment. Your participation, voice and commitment amplify the message that change is possible when we stand together. We encourage you to engage with our social media campaigns, attend virtual events and participate in open dialogues. By fostering a community of empathy and understanding, we can contribute to breaking the silence that perpetuates gender-based violence.

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